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SoCal Sunset: KBRT Tower 4

A security camera captures the beauty of sunset at a directional AM site

Sunset view of the KBRT Oak Flat transmitter site in the Santa Ana Mountains, looking down on a populous part of eastern Orange County, Calif. Part of a radio tower is at left, near the viewer.

Not bad for a photo taken by a security camera.

That’s the KBRT Oak Flat transmitter site in the Santa Ana Mountains of eastern Orange County, Calif. The AM station, owned by Crawford Broadcasting, serves Los Angeles and Orange County with 50 kW daytime power. Its elevation is about 2,900 feet above mean sea level while the lights of Irvine and Anaheim visible below are near sea level.

Operations Manager Todd Stickler provided the photo to Director of Engineering Cris Alexander, and our longtime Radio World colleague shared it with us. Visible at left is Tower No. 4 in a four-tower directional array.

Cris adds that this is “probably the best, most modern AM broadcast site in the Unted States. Certainly one of the coolest.”

Radio World loves to receive photographs that capture the allure of radio. Recently, we put out a call to our readership asking for pretty pictures of their facilities. We welcome all photos that capture the wonder of radio. Email them to [email protected].

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